Welcome to the Customs Law Committee webpage. We provide education, outreach, and advocacy in the areas of United States customs issues.
The Committee offers the following:
- regular meetings and educational programs
- participation in the Committee Listserve
- annual Year in Review publication
- a quarterly newsletter
Please consider joining us. For more information, please contact the leadership team.
This committee is concerned with the full range of laws and regulations administered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in connection with the importation and exportation of merchandise. These laws and regulations relate to such things as:
- importer security filing (ISF) and entry eligibility requirements;
- classification, valuation, and country of origin marking of merchandise;
- Free Trade Agreements;
- duty preference programs (e.g., AGOA, ATPA, CBERA, and GSP);
- duty drawback;
- foreign trade zones;
- bonded warehouses;
- temporary imports;
- intellectual property rights (IPR) protection; and
- recordkeeping requirements.
It also includes the Customs aspects of the rules and regulations of some 40 federal agencies that are enforced by CBP. Other areas of focus for the Committee include voluntary programs that have been established by CBP, including C-TPAT, CSI, and the Importer Self-Assessment program, as well as CBP's compliance and enforcement initiatives and civil and criminal penalty developments. In addition, the Committee is involved with international harmonization efforts, and the comparative operations of Customs agencies in countries other than the United States.